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Program Components

Track descriptions

The Clinical Research Coordination (CRC) Program offers two academic tracks: the Associate Degree Track and the Diploma Track (for students who already hold at least an associate-level degree).

  • Associate Degree Track. The official title of this track is the Clinical Research Coordination Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree. Because it's a joint program, the student will be awarded an AAS degree by Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) and a certificate of completion by Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS). The AAS degree requires completion of 61 credits (53 didactic course credits and eight fieldwork internship credits).
  • Diploma Track. The official title of this track is the Clinical Research Coordination Diploma. Because it's a joint program, the student will be awarded a diploma by RCTC and a certificate of completion by MSHS. The diploma requires completion of 36 credits (28 didactic course credits and eight fieldwork internship credits).

Course work

  • Didactic course work (28 or 53 credits). Course work is offered by both MSHS and RCTC; RCTC course work must be completed prior to or concurrent with MSHS course work.

    View required courses and suggested course sequence for the Associate Degree Track and required courses and suggested course sequence for the Diploma Track.

  • Fieldwork (8 credits). Students are required to complete a fieldwork experience (internship) of 480 hours under the mentorship of experienced research preceptors. During the fieldwork experience, students will be exposed to a variety of clinical research coordination activities, including those related to regulatory compliance, budgeting, recruitment, informed consent, data collection and documentation, study management, and auditing.

    To be eligible to register for and be placed at the fieldwork site, students must have completed all prerequisite course work, which includes the four MSHS clinical research coordinator (CRSC) courses.

Academic calendar

MSHS and RCTC follow the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities academic calendar.

Return to the CRC Program student handbook table of contents.

  • July 5, 2012
  • ART801639